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Fighting Back Contagious Illness at Home

Fighting Back Contagious Illness at Home

Order and Cleanliness to Fight Illness

There is no better remedy to cure me of an illness than cleaning! Although that is not my line of business, I am a self-proclaimed eminence in this field. I don’t always clean joyfully, but I love the feeling when everything is squeaky clean and shiny! So, I have a few things to say about fighting back contagious illness at home.

I spent the whole day cleaning the other day. It was not an act of inspiration. All of us got sick at the same time. And when illness attacks everyone in my home, nothing gets me in cleaning mode like the desire to fight the virus and bacteria and eliminate the mess our collective condition throws in our lives. When every family member falls ill at once, the environment turns chaotic. Chaos is not conducive to healing.

To heal from any illness, we need to surround ourselves with order and cleanliness. For example, don’t we feel instantly better after a shower when sick?

Feng Shui teaches us that Ch’i, the vital energy, does not thrive in chaos and dirt. Therefore, from an energetic point of view, cleaning, disinfecting, and keeping the place in order makes sense. And also, the less clutter we have, the easier it is to clean.

I genuinely hope flu and COVID do not get any of you this season, but it would be good to remember these things when illness attacks you or your loved ones.

Let’s Decide

Determining a specific day when illness will leave your household helps this process. I recommend this day be after 24 hrs. of following the prescribed treatment, whether it is antibiotics or any remedy you might follow. Usually, it is best to establish this date after any fever is gone. Powerful energy comes from “deciding this illness ends today.” After all, we are energy, and our thoughts determine our reality.

On this particular day, I was determined to end the absurd week we had spent being sick. I kept visualizing the virus and bacteria, desperately trying to jump out the windows. Sounds ridiculous? Try using this image the next time you are going through this process. It works wonders in terms of how you feel. It will give you the energy to eliminate the bug that sickens you and your loved ones.

Best Practices

Here are some tips when declaring war against illness in the household.

Air Quality

  • Open windows if you can. Invite fresh air into your home. It is my practice to eliminate the screens from windows. Windows look cleaner, more light comes into your home, and if you decide to open the windows, you won’t get the dust and dead bugs accumulated on those screens in the house. I prefer a few insects flying into my home than all those dead ones mixed with crusty dust.
  • Diffuse a mixture of essential oils that can purify your environment and help you heal. I only thought essential oils were beneficial and effective once I learned about Young Living Essential Oils. You should check that.

Kitchen Wise

  • It’s an excellent time to clean out your refrigerator and freezer. Toss anything expired, growing mold, anything you don’t recognize, or you don’t know when or how it got there. Pay special attention to decaying produce. Sorry, it does not matter if you bought it.
  • What do you do with all those medicine cups? So many people keep those little cups in their cupboards, sticky with cough syrup from the last person who used them! Aside from the tacky factor, doesn’t washing them with soap and water every time you use them make sense? I mean, we use them because we are sick, after all. So, prepare a bowl with soapy water and disinfectant agent if the whole family uses medicine cups “like there’s no tomorrow” (as my husband says! LOL). Then, have everyone place their cup there after each use. Then, rinse and dry the cups once a day and change the water in the bowl to repeat the process.
  • Throw out the used kitchen sponge. Get a new one. Alternatively, place the sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes. That works!

Pet Care

  • If you have dogs or cats, thoroughly clean/wash their bedding, particular spaces, and dishes. Make sure they are not sick. Our furry loved ones can often get the same bacteria or viruses we get.

Washing

Make your washing queue with all the things you can wash. Separate by whites and colors and by type of items: towels, sheets, bedding, and clothes. My advice is to treat the home as a flea or lice infestation. Wash everything! Wash in the hottest water available and include natural disinfectants like Thieves Essential Oil Blend or Thieves Household Cleaner. Include in your washing queue:

  •  Mattress and pillow covers (and if you do not use these, you better get some!)
  • Blankets that you keep in the family room for when you are all cozy watching movies
  • Furniture covers, if you use them to protect your couch from dogs or cats
  • Towels, including washcloths and kitchen towels
  • Sheets (all used)
  • Stuffed animals kids sleep with
  • Decorative pillows from beds and couches
  • Clothes in hampers

General Cleaning

  • Dust and wipe all surfaces with some disinfectant of your choice. Pay special attention to door handles (especially the pantry door) and the fridge. Remember toilet handles and all water faucets. Lysol and bleach can do the job, but go the natural way with essential oils if you can. Again, you are trying to purify your habitat, not make it more toxic.
  • Do your regular weekly cleaning as usual. Use a disinfecting agent if you don’t usually use one.

Personal Items

  • Use new lip balms and lipsticks, if possible. Wipe or cut off their top portion if you can’t replace them. That might help.
  • If using disposable contact lenses, throw out the ones in use and their case. Use a new pair.
  • Change all toothbrushes. How many people forget to throw out their toothbrushes after being sick? Toothbrushes are Petri dishes of bacteria. Wash retainers and mouthguards with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and alcohol. Remember to disinfect their cases, too! Ah, also remember to change the heads of electric toothbrushes.

What Else You’ve Got?

Please don’t take me wrong. I’m not germophobic at all. Heaven knows my kids have excellent immune systems they have worked hard at building (if you know what I mean).

But I wanted to share with you all some things that came to mind while I was busy eradicating viruses and bacteria from my home recently. 

You can add many more helpful tips to this list, depending on your experience, family, and how you live. The more, the merrier!

Nothing puts me in nesting mode, like having had a couple of days of family illness. But then, Mama Bear fights back with all she’s got.

What other ways do you use to fight back against family illness? Let’s hear about it!

Restoring Proper Body And Mind Energetic Flow

Restoring Proper Body And Mind Energetic Flow

The Body Knows

Our environment can make us sick. I’m not necessarily referring to pollution but how we react to our environment. We react consciously and subconsciously. We are energy. Everything around us is energy. Even the colors we see are nothing other than different wavelengths of energy, and we know colors have the power to impact our mood. Thus, restoring proper body and mind energetic flow seems essential to practice self-care.

It is impossible not to react to our environment in one way or another. You might not react consciously, but our bodies know. Our subconscious minds know. I first learned this through an acupuncturist when he showed me how the “muscle test” works. He showed me how the body is the best lie detector. The body can’t lie, and it has a mind.

So, regardless of our thoughts and what we perceive from our environment, the subconscious mind and the body know the truths we might not be aware of or purposely ignore.

The Energy of Clutter

I have discussed clutter and its psychological and physical effects in previous articles. 

In her book Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui, Karen Kingston says:

“The word “clutter” derives from the Middle English word “clotter,” which means “to coagulate” – and that’s as stuck as you can get. Clutter accumulates when energy stagnates, and likewise, energy stagnates when clutter accumulates. Clutter begins as a symptom of what is happening to you in your life and then becomes part of the problem itself because the more of it you have, the more stagnant energy it attracts to itself. It starts with a bit, and then slowly, insidiously, it grows – and so does the stagnant energy around it, which has a correspondingly stagnating effect on your life. Sorting out your life by sorting out your junk results in a tremendous renewal of your life force energy.”

It’s no surprise that clutter directly interferes with the correct flow of energy at the physical and metaphysical levels (spirit and mind). So often, the surrounding mess creates a physical or mental imbalance. However, the process can work in the opposite way – pains and tensions that make it impossible to deal with our clutter. Most times, these two scenarios feed off each other.

When clutter surrounds us, our physical and emotional energy is cramped. An impaired energy flow can cause adverse mental and physiological reactions. Unhealthy patterns emerge, and illness might follow. We should strive to be on the defense rather than relying on corrective methods when it comes to the energy in our bodies.

Holistic Practices That Prevent Disease

Traditional Medicine is mainly an interventional solution for health problems and falls short on prevention. Practices such as essential oils, Chiropractic care, and Acupuncture are examples of holistic ways to correct our energetic flow and health.

Essential Oils

In my article The True Power of Essential Oils, I share my story with essential oils and my genuine surprise to discover their true power. 

Chiropractic Care

Plano Chiropractor Dr. Brian Dillon explains: 

“One of the many hidden benefits of chiropractic care is creating a more effective immune system by removing interference with the nervous system at the spinal level. For example, when the spine is out of alignment, the immune system is impaired, interfering with the body’s healing ability. Being aligned allows the body to heal itself and help prevent “dis-ease.”

Acupuncture

Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist Xenia Maradiaga-Gross explains:

 “Acupuncture is part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine considers and treats patients as whole individuals, looking into the physical, emotional, and mental aspects, with the conscious and subconscious. When we suffer physical or emotional trauma that is left unaddressed, this might create an obstruction of energy over time. When this happens, energy gets stagnant, which disrupts the flow of blood and vital fluids. Then, we experience physical symptoms like headache, tension, tiredness, cramps, and bloating. Those symptoms are the body telling us that it is out of balance. Those symptoms affect our mood and quality of life. Ignoring chronic imbalances affecting organs and body systems might result in severe conditions and disease. Acupuncture addresses the patient’s symptoms and the root cause of energy imbalances creating those symptoms. It increases blood and energy flow in the body to restore its systems’ functions properly.”

Prevention Is Key

Prevention is the best strategy, given that the body and the subconscious mind perceive what we can’t notice. We don’t necessarily know when/where energetic disconnections occur. Leaving these disconnections unattended might result in those strange, spontaneous pains we experience occasionally. Even worse, illness might follow sooner than later.

Some Clutter Truths

Some Clutter Truths

How Would That Look Like?

Imagine a beautiful store window. But then you can’t focus on any particular item in it.

Think of a beautiful model home. 

Then clutter covers countertops, cabinets are packed to the brim, and boxes are everywhere.

Visualize a hotel room with a closet full of empty wire hangers, every inch of the walls has some artwork or painting, blankets (with prints of all colors and different types) on the bed, and bathroom cabinets full of toiletries to last for three months (with daily use).

What if The Container Store showroom was full of mismatched hangers, many pieces of clothing on top of each other, and store supplies boxes under the clothes?

Clutter Truths

The above scenarios convey the following truths about clutter:

  • We can’t organize clutter
    • We can’t organize clutter
    • A cluttered place will never look elegant, inviting, organized, or appealing
    • Clutter will ruin the beauty of any space
    • Less is more when it comes to elegance
    • Clear space is to a home what a wide, white mat is to a work of art – It highlights the beauty of its surroundings

Why Can’t We Let Go

We often struggle to let go of things we no longer need or want. This difficulty might come from fear of not having something when required (if we ever need it). But often, we don’t know what we own and continue buying more of the same.

Other times, we think discarding some expensive item is throwing money away. But the money was spent when buying that thing, not when tossing it—keeping costly things we no longer want will not return the money. And frequently, keeping those things costs us more money than letting those items go.

In the meantime, the fear of letting go holds us hostage to a cluttered environment – a home in disarray and chaos. Whether we notice it or not, our life energy gets sucked into a tornado of clutter. And the cluttered space prevents us from enjoying the things we do keep. When everything seems unique, then nothing is.

I invite you to take the plunge and free yourself of useless possessions. Re-evaluate your relationship with things. The less we own, the easier it is to keep up with what we have, and the more we start appreciating everything – material possessions or otherwise.

I can partner with you on this journey! Let’s talk.